Anne M. Gaffney is an award-winning scientist who has invented, developed, and commercialized innovative chemical processes in the field of catalysis and selective oxidation. To date, her research has resulted in more than 200 patents and patent applications. In 2010, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in research, demonstrated leadership, and managerial excellence in the chemical profession, Gaffney was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.
Gaffney graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a major in chemistry and mathematics, then earned a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of Delaware. She began her career at ARCO Chemical Company, where she managed catalyst research. She later worked as a senior research associate at DuPont and then a senior research fellow at the Rohm and Haas Company. In 2005, Gaffney became vice president of technology at Lummus Technology, where she won the American Chemical Society Award for Affordable Green Chemistry.
Since 2011, Gaffney currently has served as research and development director of specialty materials for Invista, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers. She also is a cofounder of the Langmuir Research Institute, a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to promoting environmentally appropriate, sustainable sources of energy. For years, she has contributed to technical sessions at meetings of the American Chemical Society and to the activities of the ACS Petroleum and Catalysis Divisions, as well as the North American Catalysis Society.